- Paperback: 137 pages
- Publisher: Last Gasp,U.S. (31 Mar. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0867199032
- ISBN-13: 978-0867199031
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,339,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (Adventures of Tintin) Paperback – 31 Mar 2003
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About the Author
Hergé (Georges Remi) was born in Brussels in 1907. Over the course of 54 years he completed 23 albums of The Adventures of Tintin series, which is now considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, comics series of all time. With translations published in over 80 languages, more than 230 million copies sold worldwide and a Hollywood movie to its name, Tintin dominates the Comics and Graphic Novels chart even today. Sadly, Hergé died in 1983, leaving his 24th album, Tintin and Alph-Art, unfinished, but his hero continues to be one of the most iconic characters in both adult and children’s fiction.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Today "Tintin au Pays des Soviets" constitutes something of a false start for Hergé's series. The seven volume collection of the Three-in-One series of "The Adventures of Tintin," which is probably the most common way for today's readers to get a hold of the Tintin stories, begins with the third adventures, "Tintin Au America." Both this story and "Tintin Au Congo" are left out of the "official" canon, the former because of the suspect ideology and the latter because of the implicit racism. What emerges in the other eighteen Tintin tales is more pure storytelling that takes place in a created world that bears only an allegorical relationship to the real world. Besides, Tintin does not even have his trademark tuft of hair at this point.
Consequently, Tintin fans who track down the first couple of adventures will need to take both tales with a grain of salt. Whereas the other stories tend to stand on their own, the first two are clearly dated.Read more ›
While this is almost double the price of other Tintin books, it is worth it!
It was originally a newspaper comic strip so the regular cliff-hangers mean that Tintin is getting shot at, blown-up, or in car crashes every other page. Whilst this gets a bit fatiguing after a while it means the story moves along at a fair old pace. You won't get bored and can finish the book very quickly.
Herge wrote this in 1929 meaning the politics are just as black and white as the pictures. The Soviets are evil. Like the Nazis in Indiana Jones they have no redeeming features. This conjures the feel of an old Saturday Morning serial like Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers. Much of the humour wouldn't look out of place in a Charlie Chaplin movie either. This is definitely a fascinating snapshot of a bygone era and quite an accomplishment for a 22 year old amateur with no formal art training. Whilst the English translation can sometimes get a bit patchy it is still an interesting read.
It is chilling that despite millions of people being murdered in Gulags or shot out of hand, that the book which falls short of showing the full horrors of lenin and Stalin regimes are still derided in this way.
Anyway once again a good book, but for some the biggest critism is that boy dectective might have got too close to the real world in his first outing.
But as a story, and as a work of art, it also differs markedly. Rather than hearing Hergé's voice, which only really comes through in the gentler humour (in itself mostly rather lame on this occasion, and also often anything but gentle: along with In The Congo, In The Land Of The Soviets finds Tintin at his most brutal), we are served up an indigestible dose of heavy handed anti-Communist propaganda: he's certainly the 'company man' at this point, doing the bidding of his Catholic employers. After this story, only his adventure in the Congo makes explicit reference to the paper - Le Petit Vingtieme - for whom Tintin is allegedly a reporter. In fact In The Land Of The Soviets is also one of the very few Tintin adventures in which we ever see him writing up a report to send back to the paper.
In addition to all of this, Hergé's craft is very much in its infancy, which makes In The Land Of The Soviets an interesting rather than particularly satisfying document. The drawing, dialogue, and storytelling are all, by Hergé's own later standards, really very poor.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fans and collectors will love this. It has to be in their collection.
Those with a casual interest in Tintin may be disappointed - black and white throughout and not... Read more
A good story - and one that shows that Herge was not taken in by the propaganda defending the oppressive Soviet regime in the 1920s. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Paul Marks
To begin with, I love Tin Tin. I'm a big fan of him. His stories are engraved in my mind, since I was very young. Read morePublished on 6 April 2013 by Reverte77
Tintin is just getting started. He's been read by generations but he's been rediscovered. Don't miss out, he's a cracking good readPublished on 9 Jan. 2013 by Happy shopper